ST. LOUIS — The Lincoln women's basketball fell behind early Saturday and never led in a 79-61 loss to Missouri-St. Louis in the UMSL Classic.
Natasha Dolinsky knocked down a 3-pointer in the early going for the Blue Tigers to make the score 6-5, but the Tritons reeled off a 15-6 run before Vedran Radosavljevic made a jump shot just before the end of the first quarter to close UMSL's lead to 21-13 after the first 10 minutes.
Lincoln shot just 6-of-16 in the second quarter. Although the Blue Tigers held UMSL to 6-of-17 shooting during that same stretch, the Tritons made four 3s to extend their lead to 40-28 at halftime.
UMSL followed with a 10-of-15 shooting performance in the third quarter and pushed its lead to 20 points at 63-43. Lincoln, however, was able to scored 21 points in the quarter, and a late basket by Alecia Gulledge made the score 65-49.
The Tritons led by as many as 22 points on three occasions in the fourth quarter, including a 79-57 advantage in the final two minutes.
Vivian Chigbu led the Blue Tigers with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Kaloni Pryear was one rebound shy of a double-double with a team-high 18 points.
All nine Lincoln players who entered the game scored. Kiara Shoulders had six points and six rebounds before fouling out, while Gulledge and Natasha Elliott each added five points.
Danielle Berry scored a game-high 19 points for UMSL (3-3), which shot 45.8 percent from the field compared to 39.1 percent for the Blue Tigers.
Laura Szorenyi had 16 points and was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line for the Tritons, while Breanna Diestelkamp scored 12 points off the bench. Alex LaPorta tallied 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Lincoln (1-6) opens Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play Thursday at home against Northwest Missouri. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. in Jason Gym.